The question of how to deal with anxiety is a leading reason why people seek help from a therapist. Many of my clients ask what is anxiety because they are unclear about its real meaning. What I can tell you is that anxiety is one of the most common things I see in my practice.
You may experience anxiety as the feeling of having a pit in your stomach when you worry about something or as thoughts that race around keeping you up at night. Or even as a sense of dread that you’re not going be able to handle what’s ahead.
Anxiety can cloak itself in procrastination, irritability, and addictive self-soothing – all short term reduction strategies that add to its intensity and discomfort over time.
How to deal with anxiety is a critical skill for anyone suffering in this way and the very good news is that there are solutions that can help not only make your anxiety manageable but can actually go a long way to eradicating it from your life.
Anxiety produces a state of tension that motivates us to make it stop, not unlike when a baby cries and we feel compelled to take some action to make it end. Anxiety is a natural motivator to problem solve, and to take protective action towards what we treasure most in our lives.
Anxiety is one of your most trusted inner resources that can steer you towards the areas of your life that are most important to you, and need your attention. It is a signal of needed growth, and the energy to fuel change.
Next time you feel anxiety, how can you view it more positively, and use its precious information and energy more effectively in your life?